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At WSU we use the slogan "World Class. Face to Face." It is fair to say that we are a world-class university. However, not all of our programs and support areas are full participants. WSU programs throughout the state have made considerable progress over the past decade. Still, I feel that we must accelerate our rate of change to engage and participate fully in the knowledge economy. To be a truly outstanding university, we must position ourselves to be cutting-edge in all three of the land-grant missions — teaching, research and service. We want to lead in the creation of new knowledge and its applications.
heart turns home
"This is all rubble now,’’ says Samizay.
Samizay, professor in the School of Architecture and Construction Management, fled Kabul more than 20 years ago. There, he had been the director of Kabul University’s architecture school, specializing in indigenous architecture and historic preservation.
"It’s almost numbing,’’ he says. "I’ve been here for 23 years. I’ve seen enormous ups and downs and tragedy…’’ He pauses, then adds, "It’s exciting to see a new light coming.’’
Samizay is working with engineers and architects around the world on plans to rebuild his homeland. To that end, he has recently attended workshops organized by Purdue University and the Society of Afghan Engineers, that discuss restoration and development from a culturally sensitive perspective.
Once again, the sky is the limit, or at least the destination, as Washington State University celebrates the revival of its astronomy program and the reopening of Jewett Observatory.
The WSU astronomy program, which flourished in earlier decades, was challenged in the 1990s when instructor Tom Lutz died, and his wife, Julie, the second main astronomy professor, moved to Seattle. The mathematics department, which has administered the program since its inception, tried to keep it alive for several years but saw it flatline in spring 2000 when its sole associate professor left for another university. Due to lack of budgetary resources, the mathematics department could not hire sufficient faculty and repair the observatory.
Realizing the importance of the program, the physics department requested that astronomy be moved under its direction, similar to astronomy programs at most universities in the United States. "Astronomy and physics go hand in hand," noted Miles Dresser, professor emeritus in physics.
Adjustments and plans are currently being made campuswide at Washington State University in response to Gov. Gary Locke’s Feb. 21 announcement of a statewide hiring and spending freeze. Locke’s actions are designed to help offset the state’s looming $1.6 billion revenue deficit, and prepare the way for further actions to be implemented by the Legislature.
On the positive side, however, hints of an eventual thawing trend appeared several days later when traditional nationwide indicators revealed signs of an improving economy. The speed and momentum of this trend, if it continues at its current rate, unfortunately will be too slow to avert the current state revenue shortfall. (Related story page 8.)
In his initial announcement, Locke stated, "A worsening state revenue outlook requires immediate action to freeze hiring, travel and equipment purchases. We are now looking at a deficit of more than $1.6 billion in the 2001 – 03 biennial budget as a result of a lower revenue forecast and higher forecasts for public school enrollment, social service caseloads, juvenile rehabilitation and prison populations."
The president’s Cabinet has approved a policy requiring antivirus software on all computers connected to the Washington State University network.
WSU has purchased a universitywide license for Symantec’s Norton Anti-Virus for all university computers and home computers of faculty, staff and graduate students. With some minor exceptions, the software will be distributed at no cost during the initial two years of the license.
The Norton Anti-Virus site license covers Windows (all versions), Novell, MacOS, and IBM 0S2. Norton Anti-Virus for Email Gateways and for Microsoft Exchange also will be available.
Washington State University President V. Lane Rawlins called for the state Legislature to take greater responsibility for funding higher education during his March 7 campus dialogue.
"The Legislature needs to be obligated to fund higher education the same way it funds health care and K-12 public education," Rawlins told an audience of about 100 at the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education.
Their job is to call and encourage people who have already expressed interest in enrolling at Washington State University to continue the WSU quest. They are ambassadors for the university, serving as information counselors to those whom they call. Three-ring binders of information are at their fingertips, posters of the latest events and notices are pinned to their cubicle walls and an online database is in front of them as they chat with potential students over the phone. And their friendly, peer-level approach has proven successful in persuading students to follow through with enrollment.
horizons, Big Sky
Sheridan is the new associate vice president for constituency programs at the University of Washington. He will be working on a campaign to raise $2 billion.
Sheridan served WSU from February 1994 until March 2002. He worked on the steering committee for the successful $275 million drive. WSU was able to increase scholarships and endowments over three-fold, the number of endowed chairs and professorships went from 10 to over 100, and graduate fellowships were established. The past two years have been some of the highest years of cash inventory for WSU.
The U.S. economy, propelled by the biggest surge in consumer spending on big-ticket goods in 15 years, grew at an annual rate of 1.4 percent in the final quarter of 2001, the government reported today.
The latest snapshot of the economy’s health, as measured by the gross domestic product (GDP), suggests that the recession, which began in March (last year), has probably ended and may turn out to be the country’s mildest downturn ever, analysts said.
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